Problem Description and Possible Solution
The digital display portion of the instrument cluster may fail. Our technicians tell us the entire instrument cluster will need to be replaced to correct this concern.
Average mileage: 102,836 (53,000–185,000)
29 people reported this problem
instument cluster gone bad
Center instrument panel has gone dark
Center display only works when it's cold out. I'm going to try fixing the connections to the display by taking the instrument cluster out. I saw this fix on audi-sport.net from dwest218:
"Dont let the Audi garages fool you, the whole cluster does not need changing. Mine did exactly the same thing, worse on hot days, better on cooler days. Audi also said change the cluster, I thought forget it! I took it out, there's 3 plugs on the back. Turn it over, there's a few torx screws, take those out, and loosen the black clips which hold the clear face to the rest of the cluster.
What happens is the lcd display glass has a thin ribbon cable on its right hand side that powers the display, the bonding/glueing on this ribbon cable comes loose, doesn't make proper contact thats why the lines come and go.
Over the top of the display is a metal cover plate held on by 4 legs bent on the back of the pc board. Straighten these, and it comes off. WORK GENTLY!!!
Then you can remove the lcd glass. Be careful, don't loose the 2 pieces of plastic behind the lcd glass. IT WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT BOTH OF THESE.
Then, either take the lcd panel to a good electronic company to re-bond the ribbon cable for you, or find a place that makes and sells lcd displays.
Don't worry about the codes either, so long as you disconnect the cluster with the ignition off, once you plug it back, everything will work fine.
I did mine myself, just added 2 extra strips of thin rubber strip behind the lcd on either side, and made the metal cover press down slightly harder on the ribbon cable so it makes better contact, and it works perfectly. All in all, an hour or so's work.""
I can't read the messages anymore, went bad about 130k. Alarm still beeps, so it is annoying not knowing what it is trying to tell me.
Purchased used in 2014 with 87k miles and in hot temperatures, the center display fades. It's still mostly readable so I'm living with it for now.
Lines in the display, enough said....
Display quit working for over a year. Then showed back up for a month then gone again. Since this had problems with air suspension deflating and difficult to inflate.also starting problems were it seems like it's not getting fuel.
not yet fixed just bought the car and horizontal lines run through the display.
CAR WAS PURCHASED USED WITH A VERY POOR INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DISPLAY. WHENEVER IT THROWS A CODE (WHICH IT SEEMS TO A LOT LATELY) I CAN'T EVEN TELL WHAT TO LOOK UP IN THE MANUAL. IT CURRENTLY HAS 125,000 MILES ON IT AND IS NOW THROWING YET ANOTHER CODE BUT ONLY WHEN I TURN LEFT. GO FIGURE, IT IS ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MECHANIC.
THE INSTRUMENT JUST WENT BLANK
The digital display began missing parts then went completely blank. Occasionally it has background color but not a single line on it. Have not done anything about it.
Bought Certified used at 80K miles in about 2006 and started to go immediately. Hasn't worked since, have only a line or two left on the display. Too expensive to replace, just living with it.
Not sure when it began, but no later than 90,000 miles. Just living with it.
digital display cluster failed
center led lighting on instrument cluster started failing @ ~40k miles